ALPS

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    ALPS

    ALPIS

    Directed by

    Greece

    2011

    92 min

    • Greek

    Drama

    Venice IFF - Official Competition

    A Nurse, an Ambulance Driver, a Gymnast, and a Coach have formed a dead persons' substitute company called "Alps". They are a company for hire, playacting deceased persons in their daily routines, for the benefit of their grieving relatives, friends, and colleagues. The range and variety of their roles is quite wide, although they don't just take any offers. The substitutes have to identify with the substituted dead persons and be inspired by their past lives. The roles are researched, rehearsed, and performed in minute detail. The company operates illegally, under a scrupulous discipline regime demanded by their leader, the Ambulance Driver. He has reserved for him alone, as his code name, the name of Alps' great pinnacle, the Mont Blanc.

    Awards

    • Osella for Best Screenplay, Venice IFF
    • Special Mention (for Ariane Labed) / Balkan Competition, Sofia IFF
    • Official Competition Award, Sydney FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Aggeliki Papoula
    Aris Servetalis
    Johnny Verlis
    Ariane Labed
    Screenplay
    Yorgos Lanthimos
    Efthimis Fillipou
    Cinematography
    Christos Voudouris
    Editing
    Yorgos Mavropsaridis
    Production
    HAOS FILM
    Sales
    THE MATCH FACTORY

    Press

    The human race, Alps argues, is predominantly made up of bad actors, searching desperately for a part to play, a space to fill, a hole to slot into.

    Xan Brooks, The Guardian

    Yorgos Lanthimos

    Yorgos Lanthimos

    Greece

    To me, it looks fake if you try to be too involved in the way you film things and if you ask your actors to get really emotionally involved.(..) I prefer to keep the film open to allow people to get engaged in their own way.

    Yorgos Lanthimos (1973, Greece) directed a series of videos for dance theatre companies throughout the 1990’s. Since 1995, he has directed a number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and stage plays. In 2011, he staged Chekhov’s ‘Platonov’ at the Greek National Theatre. His second feature film, KINETTA (2005), screened to critical acclaim at the 2005 Toronto IFF and the 2006 Berlinale. His third feature, DOGTOOTH (2009), won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2009 Festival de Cannes, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. The film was also nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar in 2011. ALPS (2011) premiered in competition at Venice FF, where it won the Osella Award for best screenplay. THE LOBSTER (2015) was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. His 2017 film THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was selected in competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes where it won the award for Best Screenplay.

    Selected Filmography